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The Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge Dress

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I stayed up until midnight to finish but the dress is done! I wore my Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge dress to both church and to see the movie for Mother’s Day. The main fabric is stretch taffeta and the sleeves are chiffon. I used a dress circa 1926 as my inspiration. I liked the color, chiffon sleeves and rosette flowers but drop-waist dresses do not flatter my curvy shape so I opted to make a more straight style shift dress and instead incorporated 1920’s elements.


Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Dress ca. 1926 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I wanted a feminine dress I could wear to church or out to a nice dinner that would give a nod to the Gatsby era but not scream “costume”! I think my interpretation does the trick. The dress is made from the Colette Laurel pattern with Colette Taffy sleeves. I also added a triangular bit of lace to the bodice as many dresses from this time period included this style element. I wore my spectator pumps from BAIT Footwear to round out the ensemble.



MMM'13 Day 12

The chiffon flower was made using a Mother Huddle tutorial with some modifications. Instead of hot gluing the fabric to the felt circle, I hand sewed it. I also sewed a pin to the back so the flower could be removed when I wash the dress. The vintage button in the middle was picked up a couple of years ago at an area sewing “Shop Hop” for about 15 cents.

Chiffon Flower


In addition to learning how to make chiffon flowers, I also learned how to hand sew an invisible hem and insert lace. The dress is by no means perfect, but it is comfortable to wear and fits me pretty well. I definitely plan to wear it again in the future!


About sullivan1970

40 something wife and mother of 3 Dog lover. Crafter. List maker

2 responses »

  1. it’s beautiful! and i love the shoes you chose to wear with it. great job 🙂

  2. What a pleasant and fresh colour! It looks really nice on you.


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